Easier parking at St. Mary’s Hospital is on the horizon as Isle of Wight NHS Trust has been successful in obtaining consent for additional car parking spaces for the benefit of patients, visitors and staff.
Planning consent has been granted for the allocation of 194 new parking spaces on the St. Mary’s Hospital site which will be split between staff and patient/visitor parking.
A new car park will be located adjacent to the north east car park at the top of the hospital site and will be designated staff parking. This will enable an additional 94 parking spaces to be re-designated and made available for patients and visitors to park nearer to the main hospital building and neighbouring clinics.
Karen Baker, Isle of Wight NHS Trust Chief Executive, said: “We know that it can be difficult to park at the hospital, for staff and for visitors, and the distress it can sometimes cause to patients who have an appointment to attend. Hopefully with the additional spaces we have received planning consent for, it will help relieve some of the pressure on parking, particularly on certain days which are busier that others due to clinics.
“However, there is no quick fix and we need to continue to look at ways of reducing the amount of traffic on the hospital site and look at how we can support staff to use alternative methods of transport to and from work.”
Work on the new car park and reallocation of existing parking spaces is due to start on 4th February and is expected to be completed by the end of March 2013.
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